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Thursdays Top 10 Tryouts (Or Show Us Yer Tips 18)!!

1. Old car wheels (minus the tyres) can be useful for storing your garden hose around. A long bolt or similar could be attached through a wheel nut hole to act as a winding handle.

2. Blossom end rot of Tomatoes is usually caused by calcium deficiency, usually in acid soils other triggers can be, irregular watering, waterlogged ground and lack of ventilation or humidity.

3. Did you know that Onions and Garlic are poisonous to cats and dogs.

4. Make a moth repellant mix from any combination of the following, Cloves, Rosemary, Mint, Thyme, Eucalyptus, Dried Lemon Peel. Add the combination to a muslin bag and hang it in your wardrobe or put it in your clothes drawer.

5.Over the past couple of years I have noticed a distinct rise in the number of Earwigs inhabiting my plots. One method of catching them is to place inverted plant pots containing straw on top of sticks in different locations around the affected areas. Dispose of any trapped Earwigs on a daily basis.

6. If you have a fish p…

All Jammed Up

Having just enjoyed yet another bowl of fresh Strawberries, (picked half an hour ago), with ice cream, I feel refreshed enough to complete a blog post. (Don't mention the wet weather Rooko). O.K. I won't but it rained heavily again this afternoon which freshened up the muggy atmosphere for a while. I have been doing some weeding down the plot, over the past couple of days, so nothing exciting, just a little therapy?

Generally speaking Potato plants have enough dense foliage, when they are established, to smother most weeds, but this year helped by the wet weather the weeds in between some of my Potato ranks had gained the upper hand. I set to work yesterday hand weeding, hoeing and earthing up the Potatoes as I progressed. Rain stopped play at about 1 p.m. this afternoon. I had completed 2 thirty foot long ranks and one of my plastic compost bins was full to the brim with weeds. The handful of Dock plants and Withy vines were bagged up for disposal, other than in the compost.

Thursdays Top 10 Tryouts (Or Show Us Yer Tips 17)!!

1. Most Ground beetles (sometimes called black beetles) are carnivorous, eating many garden pests such as slugs, snails and caterpillars. They are a useful friend to have in the garden or down the plot.

2. Growing the following plants/flowers in your garden or down the plot will attract many different types (of good) pollinating insects. Anise, Angelica, Calendula, Coriander, Daises, Dill, Fennel, Goldenrod, Hollyhocks, Lemon balm, Marigolds, Morning glory, Parsley, Sunflowers, Yarrow, Zinnias.

3. Add some sugar to the soapy water you wash your hands with after gardening, to remove the dirt and stains more easily.

4. Punch holes into old tin cans then fill the cans with Potato peelings. Bury the cans around your garden/plot. Every few days lift the cans and dispose of any Millipedes you find, they are a garden pest. Don't confuse Millipedes with Centipedes though.

5. Chlorine (Cl) is needed in the soil to aid photosynthesis, stimulate root growth and aid water circulation in plan…

Government Conspiracy

By delaying the late May Bank Holiday to take in the Queens' Diamond Jubilee, thus confusing the weather gods, I believe that the government is to blame for the recent bad weather, cos it always rains on a Bank Holiday, or so we like to think.

 This weekend has been warm and sunny here in Somerset giving me a chance to again resurrect the plots after my 3 weeks absence there, (apart from 2 brief visits).

I spent most of Saturday strimming and mowing the various grass paths, verges and banks around the plots. Its funny how grass and weeds continue to flourish even in wet cold conditions but most of the veggies and fruit don't. After 4 and a half hours of mowing, my lawnmower refused to restart so I finished off by strimming the last of the long grass around my parking area. The plots looked far tidier after the grass was cut and I had plenty of nitrogen rich material, to add to the compost heap, with one heap of cuttings kept separately for mulch.

 Sunday was again sunny and s…

Thursdays Top 10 Tryouts (Or Show Us Yer Tips 16)!!

1. If your Currant bushes have red/brown and yellow blisters on the upper parts of their leaves, check underneath the leaves for aphids hiding there.

2. During the U.K.'s continuing wet June weather, ensure that your ripening Strawberries are kept off damp soil. Placing straw underneath the fruits will help to protect them from damp and mould.

3. One reason for Nitrogen deficiency in plants is a high Carbon content in the soil. This causes the organisms in the soil, to use up Nitrogen whilst breaking down the Carbon content.

4. Many essential oils extracted from various plants have many uses, but be warned, their use in high concentrations can be dangerous.

5. When thinning Lettuce they should be thinned according to variety. For example, Leaf Lettuce 4 to 6 inches (10 to 15cm), Head Lettuce 10 to 12 inches (25 to 30cm).

6. Add Perlite to your potting compost and mix together for use in hanging baskets and/or planters. Perlite will absorb water & release it when the compost …

Wellies It Really June

The good quality Wellington boots that I received as a present last Christmas are almost worn out already. Looking at the rain falling again today they will be getting used once again down the plot soon. Flaming June, it certainly is?? Earlier this year I said in one of my posts that I would be organizing my plots in accordance with the weather this year. Taking heed of an earlier weather forecast, of more rain, I decided to start some decorating last Sunday. Tis almost finished now, mainly due to the fact that it has been raining here for most of the week, (with a few sunny spells) and I haven't visited the plots since last Saturday. So the wet weather came in handy yet again, even if the only good thing about decorating is finishing it. I broke off from this post about half an hour ago to check on things down the plot, in the torrential rain. Just got back soaking wet with some nice Spring Onions, Lettuce and Rhubarb. The plots looked generally o.k. Most of the Potato plants h…

Thursday Top 10 Tryouts (Or Show Us Yer Tips 15)!!

1. If you are trimming or pruning trees, shrubs or hedges at the moment, spare a thought for birds that are nesting at this time of year. I'm sure that the trimming and pruning can wait until their families have flown the nests.

2. One method to use when thinning out Leeks is. When they are 6 to 8 inches tall (15 to 20cm), thin out the plants as required to 6 inches (15cm) apart. Make a hole approx 6 inches (15cm) deep for each plant, using a dibber, with each hole 6 inches (15cm) apart. Make the hole slightly wider than each plants thickness and fill with water. Drop each plant into the water, making sure it is not floating. Some of the root can be trimmed off to encourage extra root growth but ensure part of the top growth is also trimmed off to compensate for root loss.

3. High winds have been forecast for many areas of the UK this coming weekend. It might be advisable to check the security of your tree and plant supports if you are using any. When staking plants ensure the pl…